HERE is the Phantom Draft for 2019.

This is our take on who is going where with the first 30 picks at this week's NAB AFL Draft, in what is considered one of the most even talent pools in recent years. 

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The draft order has changed in accordance with where bids for father-sons and Academy players may land.

The first round of the draft will be held at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday night, before the remaining picks are taken on Thursday night. There is expected to be around 65 live selections across the two nights. 

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 180cm, Wt 78kg, DOB 1/7/01
From Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro

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Rowell's ascent to the No.1 pick began two years ago, when he was deemed a future star at under-16s level. He hasn't let anyone down since, and he pieced together one of the most consistent under-18 seasons seen in recent times. The midfielder is Gold Coast-bound and will be ready to make an impact from day one. Rowell won't be content by being the first player picked on Wednesday night; he's far too determined for that. Expect the quietly spoken but crazily competitive teenager to make an impression early in his time at the Suns. He couldn't have done any more this year and was the clear No.1 pick from a long way out.

If not him? The Suns are locked and loaded on Rowell at No.1 and have been for some time.

CLASS OF 2019 Three curious facts about the putative No.1


POS: Midfielder
Ht 191cm, Wt 87kg, DOB 17/2/01
From Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro

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Fortuitously, perhaps, the Suns will be able to partner their No.1 pick Rowell with his close friend, teammate and school mate Anderson with the No.2 choice. But if they held only the No.2 pick and Rowell was off the board, they would have selected Anderson anyway. Anderson also didn't put a foot wrong throughout 2019, helping steer Oakleigh to its under-18 Grand Final win. The 18-year-old is laid back and popular among his cohort, and on the field he has some spunk to his game, enjoying going forward and kicking goals to add to his midfield craft. Will run and run and run, and then run some more, for his side. Brings another element to the Suns' midfield mix.  

If not him? Anderson and Rowell have been teammates since playing for Victoria's under-12s schoolboys side, and will head to the same AFL club together, too. There'll be no surprises here.

CLASS OF 2019 Round one debut firmly in likely No.2's sights


POS: Ruckman
Ht 199cm, Wt 94kg, DOB 29/9/01
From East Fremantle/Western Australia

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How high do you take a ruckman? It has been the question surrounding Jackson all season, and Melbourne is set to answer it emphatically: very high. Jackson will be the first ruckman to be picked inside the top 10 since 2011 when he has his name called, with the West Australian expected to head to Demonland. Jackson's development and improvement in the 18 months since he quit basketball and focused purely on football has been immense, and enough to convince Melbourne recruiters he is too good a talent to let through. Will be able to do his apprenticeship under Max Gawn before taking on the ruck reins.

If not him? Hayden Young has been considered for this choice, with the Demons weighing up his striking left boot, while they could also bid on GWS Academy gun Tom Green, although that is considered unlikely at this position. 

CLASS OF 2019 The young ruck who could be the 'drought breaker'


POS: Defender 
Ht 186cm, Wt 80kg, DOB 21/6/01
From Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country

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The Giants have long wanted to add to their rebounding stocks off half-back, with the looming retirement of veteran Heath Shaw at the end of next season. Ash could be the man to bring that to the club. The half-back flanker plays with genuine zip, taking the game (and opponents) on from defence and opening up the ground. He also has endurance to match his leg speed, and an uncompromising streak that saw him named as a co-captain of Vic Country. Ash has a steely determination and is backing himself to be ready to play regular senior football next year.

If not him? The Giants have weighed up Ash against fellow half-back Hayden Young, with both top-end players having different standout qualities. It's a line-ball call. Sam Flanders is the other player in their mix.

CLASS OF 2019 Top-10 pick the likely price for 'the next Adam Saad'


POS: Midfielder
Ht 182cm, Wt 82kg, DOB 24/7/01
From Gippsland Power/Vic Country

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Flanders is a high-impact player. He can change a game in a burst, whether it be bolting out of a stoppage and shrugging off tacklers, or when he goes forward, either in the air as a strong overhead mark for his size or when he shows his power at ground level. He rose to the occasion late in the NAB League season with some standout displays and he enjoys being in the action, getting in the face of opponents and the odd scuffle. He's a confident character and plays with that energy. He could bring a new element to Sydney's midfield, having shown he has improved his running with good results at the Draft Combine.

If not him? Hayden Young will be strongly considered, as will Lachie Ash if he's available. Both of the half-backs are high on the minds of the Swans. Dylan Stephens' midfield prowess makes him also one of the leading contenders here.

CLASS OF 2019 The one quarter of brilliance that got recruiters talking


POS: Defender
Ht 197cm, Wt 91kg, DOB 8/3/01
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro

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Adelaide has put plenty of time into McAsey across the season, and could land him with its first pick. The Crows moved back from pick No.4 to No.6 in a deal with the Giants confident a player they liked would be available, and McAsey was never going to be off the board by No.6, despite some interest from the Swans. The Crows don't have much youth in their key-position ranks so McAsey shapes as a long-term player if they swoop. The strong-marking key back has also been used in attack at times, with his versatility and game sense a strength.

If not him? Local option Dylan Stephens is right in the Crows' mix and would also bring something new to their midfield unit. Half-backs Hayden Young and Lachie Ash have also been linked to the club, while Sam Flanders will be considered if on the board.

CLASS OF 2019 How an unsung Dogs hero inspired this lifelong fan


POS: Defender
Ht 188cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 11/4/01
From Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country

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The Dockers wouldn't have considered themselves a chance of landing Young at this spot weeks ago, but it's a possibility if he's overlooked very early. Young couldn't have done much more this year. He averaged 22 disposals at all levels, with very little variance in his performance. The left-footed half-back is not just a penetrating and damaging set-up kicker, he's also very strong in the air, meaning he can win the ball off the opposition and then start the play. It's hard to see Freo overlooking Young if he gets to them. 

If not him? Sam Flanders and Lachie Ash are others in the Dockers' sights at this stage of the draft, while they would have hoped local ruckman Luke Jackson would get through to them but it appears very unlikely.

CLASS OF 2019 The kick that made every draft observer take notice


POS: Midfielder
Ht 179cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 9/2/01
From Gippsland Power/Vic Country

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The Dockers can boost their inside midfield group by grabbing Serong, who performed at a high level throughout 2019. Serong is a leader and he plays like it: he's happy to dig in and get in harm's way if it's for the benefit of his team. He averaged 24 disposals for the Power this season, winning clearances and shoveling the ball out to teammates. He's dogged and tough and doesn't take a backward step, and could also start his AFL career as a half-forward, where his creativity and overhead marking for a player his size stands out. 

If not him? It would be a close call if Serong and Dylan Stephens are still on the board, with little separating the pair. Going back-to-back with top selections before (they hope) a bid comes for NGA product Liam Henry is the perfect result for Freo.

CLASS OF 2019 The competitive beast with an appetite for destruction


POS: Midfielder
Ht 183cm, Wt 74kg, DOB 8/1/01
From Norwood/South Australia

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Stephens would bring an extra element to Carlton's midfield unit. The Blues are fans of his running capacity, and the results at the recent NAB AFL Draft Combine show why: he ran a 2.97-second 20-metre sprint and also finished third overall in the 2km time trial at the Draft Combine. Stephens' form playing for Norwood's senior side in the latter stages of the season, carrying a foot injury, was the final tick on his campaign. An Andrew Gaff-like midfielder who can find plenty of the ball and play as an inside or outside midfield option.

If not him? The decision between Stephens and Serong would be line-ball if the Blues had to make it. Brodie Kemp has captured their interest but seems behind that pair in the pecking order, while they held a faint hope recently that Hayden Young would be available, which would be their dream result.

CLASS OF 2019 The gifted athlete torn between two states



POS: Midfielder
Ht 191cm, Wt 89kg, DOB 23/1/01
From GWS Academy/NSW-ACT

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The Giants did everything in their power to move up the draft board to get ahead of the bid for Green, essentially paying three first-round picks to get their hands on pick No.4. That all but ensured they could then match a bid for the Academy star with their later picks and by going into a 'draft points deficit' for next year. Now they've paid the price to go up the board, some rivals will be less inclined to keep them honest by bidding early. Green is a big, strong and brilliant midfielder at the clearances, averaging 33 disposals and 10 clearances a game for the Giants Academy. An absolute steal if a bid doesn't come until the Dees' second pick. 

If not him? At any point after pick No.4 Green is locked in to head to the Giants. They will have paid a lot to get their duo at the top of the draft, but whoever they partner him with means the Grand Finalists have added two of the draft's best to a list already brimming with talent. 

CLASS OF 2019 The text that changed everything for Cripps-like prospect


POS: Forward
Ht 171cm, Wt 71kg, DOB 2/6/01
From Woodville West Torrens/South Australia

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After missing out on Magpies forward Jamie Elliott during the exchange period, the Demons said they would aim to land a small forward through the draft. Pickett looms as the potential selection. He was a late invite to the opening night of the draft, with revealing at the start of November he was on Melbourne's radar if it traded down from pick No.8. They did that last week in a deal with Fremantle. Pickett roves packs, jumps over them, and hits bodies. The nephew of former Port, North Melbourne and Melbourne gun Byron.

If not him? It appears the Demons will choose at this pick between Pickett and fellow small forward Cody Weightman. That's unless Caleb Serong gets through, with the Dees likely to snap him up if he does. Brodie Kemp and Deven Robertson are others in the frame.

'HE LIKES TO HURT BLOKES' Nephew of Byron, terrorises defenders, takes huge speccies


POS: Defender
Ht 189cm, Wt 76kg, DOB 5/6/01
From West Adelaide/South Australia

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Plenty of clubs have Day rated very highly, and he's in the mix with the Hawks' top choice. Day is a half-back flanker with high football IQ. He plays the angles in the back half, knowing when to zone off and when to shut down, and is also a strong rebound option. He is lightly built so could take some time but has the necessities as a medium back. Also has links to Hawthorn, where his grandfather Robert played in its 1971 premiership.

If not him? The Hawks have been strongly linked to key back Fischer McAsey and running midfielder Dylan Stephens, if either was to get through. They've done work on Kysaiah Pickett and Brodie Kemp as well. Hawthorn's pick will shape the second phase of the draft.

>> The 2019 NAB AFL Draft runs from November 27-28. Follow all the latest news in the draft hub


POS: Midfielder
Ht 189cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 18/10/01
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro

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Bergman would add some more attacking flair to the trio of first-rounders the Power selected last year. The Sandringham midfielder showed signs of his ability for Vic Metro mid-year, and continued to piece together exciting moments for Sandringham towards the end of the season. At his size he's mobile, athletic and good overhead, while he also has a booming long kick. With their three top-20 selections this season, the Power are looking for the best mix of players, and Bergman's traits mean he fits as a versatile option.

If not him? The Power have their eyes on Will Day if he's still on the board. They also like fellow local Dylan Stephens, but it seems unlikely he'll be available, the same for Fischer McAsey.

CLASS OF 2019 The all-sports jet who has bolted up the draft board


POS: Forward
Ht 178cm, Wt 75kg, DOB 15/1/01
From Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country

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The Dogs are weighing up adding a small forward to their ranks, with Weightman's talents hard to ignore at this point of the draft. Vic Country's leading goalkicker at the under-18 carnival has strong hands, a big leap and is a consistent finisher around goal. He plays taller than he is, making him a small forward in a different mould than others. Weightman is a bubbly, bright personality who is as driven as anyone in the pool. He met with the Bulldogs last week having returned from a pre-draft training camp in Bali.

If not him? Miles Bergman is in the Dogs' mix at this spot, while they have also put a lot of time into Kysaiah Pickett across the season. The Bulldogs are also a chance to force Fremantle's hand and bid on Liam Henry, while Brodie Kemp could be considered.

CLASS OF 2019 'Footy head' leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of dream


POS: Midfielder
Ht 184cm, Wt 81kg, DOB 3/6/01
From Perth/Western Australia

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The Cats could pick up a long-term replacement for Joel Selwood if Robertson slides through to their selection. Robertson shares some qualities with Selwood, with the WA captain a courageous, popular and respected leader among his cohort. He played through pain to steer his side to the championships win, averaging 30 disposals a game at the carnival to claim the Larke Medal. His kicking efficiency has meant some clubs view him a bit further down the order, but his inside clearance work and ability to find the ball are in the top echelon of this year's crop.

If not him? It could be a tough call between Robertson and wingman Miles Bergman, who the Cats have also a keen eye on. The decision between Robertson and potentially Brodie Kemp is also line-ball. They're likely to take a tall with one of their three top-30 picks, so would they go with Josh Worrell, Harrison Jones or Sam De Koning here? 

CLASS OF 2019 WA gun played through pain to enter top-10 contention


POS: Utility
Ht 193cm, Wt 89kg, DOB 1/5/01
From Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country

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Kemp's a first-round floater, mainly because the season-ending knee injury in July robbed him of the chance of finishing the season in a burst of midfield form. Nevertheless, his carnival for Vic Country was very impressive, playing all over the ground, including up forward where he kicked the match-winning goal against South Australia, and in bursts in the midfield against Western Australia. Tall, mobile and versatile, Kemp will appeal to a number of clubs early despite not being likely to play until deep into 2020. Gold Coast looms as a strong chance to take Kemp if he slides through.

If not him? If Miles Bergman got to the Suns' pick they'd likely grab him here. He's rated highly. They've also been linked to Will Day, while Deven Robertson would make them think very hard, even if they have their share of inside midfielders. 

CLASS OF 2019 The highly rated tall who could be this year's slider


POS: Defender
Ht 201cm, Wt 86kg, DOB 26/2/01
From Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country

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The Power want to add another tall defender to their list with one of their three first-round picks, with De Koning deep in their thoughts. The backman was named an All Australian following an impressive carnival for Vic Country and is in the Power's sights with one of their picks. The younger brother of Carlton's Tom can also be switched into the ruck, or as a marking option close to goal.

If not him? It appears likely that Port will weigh up between De Koning and fellow Victorian tall Josh Worrell. It's a tight decision with both having different qualities. Kysaiah Pickett, if available, would be considered here, as may Cody Weightman and Brodie Kemp.

CLASS OF 2019 The top-20 prospect in a family of 10 brothers and sisters 



POS: Forward
Ht 179cm, Wt 67kg, DOB 28/8/01
From Claremont/Western Australia

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Now that the Dockers have moved up to pick No.8, there isn't a need for a club to wipe out their pick with a bid on Henry early because the Dockers will be matching with late picks (and likely go into a points deficit) anyway. Henry is a sublimely skilled small forward who starred for WA at the under-18 carnival and dazzles with his talents around goal. He's also a very impressive and committed person off the field, which endeared him to clubs, particularly during interviews at the recent Draft Combine.

If not him? Fremantle's third pick will be used on Henry, it's just a matter of where the bid comes. Throughout the season it appeared a bid was most likely in the range of 15-20, and that still seems about right.

CLASS OF 2019 How footy ties helped a prospect's growing tie business


POS: Defender
Ht 195cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 11/4/01
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro

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Geelong list manager Stephen Wells told recently that key defenders would be in the Cats' sights with their early picks, bringing Worrell into the discussion. The Cats have thought hard about choosing Worrell, who is one of the draft's best intercept defenders with his aerial strength and game-reading ability. He missed the end of the season after a shoulder reconstruction but the left-footer is a huge talent.

If not him? The Cats and Power are stuck in a logjam, with the clubs sharing five out of seven picks in the second half of the first round. It means both clubs will likely be tactical with who they choose and who they hope to get later. The same players are in the mix for both clubs, with Sam De Koning, Cody Weightman, Trent Bianco and Harrison Jones up for consideration.

CLASS OF 2019 The wake-up call that propelled versatile tall into top-20 mix


POS: Forward
Ht 196cm, Wt 78kg, DOB 25/2/01
From Calder Cannons/Vic Metro

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The tall forward will get picked on some projection, although he has some fans around this stage of the draft. The Power are in that mix, with Jones' athleticism on show during the recent Draft Combine. He was Vic Metro's best tall forward during the championships, and shapes as a lead-up tall who can get back down the ground. Port has been one of the clubs most interested in Jones in the lead-up to this week's draft. 

If not him? The same names, including Josh Worrell and Cody Weightman, are chances here, while the Power could get a sneaky look at Brodie Kemp if he slides through deeper into the first round. Midfielder Trent Bianco is also in Port's sights.

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 188cm, Wt 83kg, DOB 17/1/01
From Geelong Falcons/Vic Country

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Stephens is right in Richmond's mix and fits the prototype of the Tigers: hard, contested and tough. It would have been interesting to see where Stephens went in this year's draft had he played all season, because you get the sense he would have dominated as a big, strong inside midfielder. Nevertheless, he has overcome the broken leg that ruined his draft campaign and he returned to star at the Draft Combine and show his wares. The midfielder has good hands in close and opponents find it hard to stop him around the ball. Could be a steal at this point of the draft.

If not him? Midfielders Jay Rantall and Trent Bianco are in the mix for the Tigers, as are Harrison Jones and Sam De Koning. They could be the club that bids on Hawks father-son Finn Maginness.

CLASS OF 2019 Broken leg gives top-25 prospect a new perspective


POS: Defender
Ht 192cm, Wt 106kg, DOB 14/1/01
From Glenelg/South Australia

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The brutish half-back with a long kick and powerful body will be one of the most interesting players to follow on draft night. What you see is what you get with Gould, and his achievements have been terrific: he's a back-to-back All Australian and he played in Glenelg's senior premiership this year. Some clubs wonder about his role at AFL level as a third tall defender, but the Suns are known to be fans and could look at him at this point of the draft.  

If not him? They'll have their fingers crossed that Miles Bergman gets through to this pick, while Deven Robertson, although not necessarily fitting a need, would be too hard to pass up. They have been linked to Will Day, Trent Rivers and Josh Worrell as well.

CLASS OF 2019 Why this 106kg half-back is likened to a premiership skipper


POS: Defender
Ht 188cm, Wt 85kg, DOB 30/7/01
From East Fremantle/Western Australia

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The attacking half-back is a player who has captured many clubs' eyes at the end of the first round and start of the second. That's due to his rebound and run off half-back, and his size. Rivers can carry the ball out of defence and make a dent in the game, kicking with penetration. He was named an All Australian for his efforts for WA at the under-18 championships. Brisbane is looking for runners but Rivers' traits may also fit the bill.  

If not him? The Lions are looking for run at this pick, which has seen them linked to Jay Rantall. Speed is also a priority, so it will be interesting to see which way they go here. They could spring a surprise.

CLASS OF 2019 Why this top-30 prospect spent his pre-season on the couch


POS: Midfielder
Ht 184cm, Wt 82kg, DOB 10/6/01
From Greater Western Victoria Rebels/Vic Country

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Adelaide is keen to add to its midfield stocks and Rantall, the draft's running man, has bolted into top-25 calculations thanks to his performance at the Draft Combine, where he starred in the endurance tests and set a new record in the 2km time trial (5:50 minutes). There's more to Rantall's game than that, though. The midfielder was a consistent contributor to the Vic Country side, averaging 18 disposals at the carnival, and has shown he can find the ball regularly. His kicking isn't polished but he will work all day. Comes from an elite junior basketball background.

If not him? Harrison Jones will be right in Adelaide's thinking if he's available, and he has been in their sights throughout the season. Powerful half-back Will Gould will also be on the radar at these picks if he's still there. 

FULL FIXTURE Every round, every game


POS: Midfielder
Ht 180cm, Wt 78kg, DOB 21/2/01
From Woodville West Torrens/South Australia

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The South Australian didn't make the cut originally for his state under-18s side at the start of the season but rose into top-30 contention with a consistent season. He's creative with his hands and sees options that others don't in the midfield, pushing through traffic to hit a target. Was named SA's most valuable player at the under-18 carnival.

If not him? If Cooper Stephens is available at the Crows' picks then it's likely he is headed to Adelaide. The midfielder is right in their mix at these selections. Plus, could they look to package these early second-round picks to move up the board? It's been mooted.

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POS: Midfielder
Ht 189cm, Wt 82kg, DOB 23/2/01
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro

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The nature of father-son picks and Academy selections is that unless they are viewed as very, very early choices, they often fall down the pecking order as rivals don't spend as much time on them during the season or they simply expect the bid to be matched anyway. That's likely to be the case with the Hawks and Maginness, who is set to arrive at Waverley as a father-son pick (his dad Scott played in two flags for the club). Maginness warranted a bid earlier than this mark, but the Hawks don't expect it to come until the second round, with Richmond the only likely threat inside the top 20.

If not him? Unless Hawthorn trades into the top 20 and attains a second early pick, its second (and potentially later) pick/s will be used to match a bid on Maginness. Some clubs rank him close to the top 10 of this year, so anything near this point is a bargain. Will become a third-generation Hawk, following Scott and grandfather Norm at the club.

CLASS OF 2019 The next father-son Hawk who plays like Sydney's 'father-son Hawk'


POS: Midfielder
Ht 178cm, Wt 73kg, DOB 20/1/01
From Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro

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If you're looking for a kicker, Bianco is your man. The humble Oakleigh Chargers captain finished the season as a premiership skipper and dominated the finals series, averaging 26 disposals. His weapon is his ball use, combined with top-end decision-making. He had a consistent season at all levels, including for Vic Metro where he was used as a set-up player off half-back. With its third pick Geelong could add one of the best users in the crop. 

If not him? Geelong has been linked to Will Gould at this spot, while West Australian winger Jeremy Sharp is also a possibility. Mobile WA forward Mitch Georgiades is a chance, too, despite missing the season with a quad injury. 

CLASS OF 2019 Flag skipper keen to prove he's no flash in the pan


POS: Forward
Ht 188cm, Wt 77kg, DOB 1/5/01
From Perth/Western Australia

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Taylor looms as one of the most fascinating stories of the draft. A number of clubs wouldn't draft him at all, with doubts over how ready he is for the demands of an AFL career. But they do tend to agree on his extreme talent, which pound-for-pound would make him a very early selection. He was named an All Australian after an impressive carnival for Western Australia and provided highlights in most appearances. Sydney has an interest in Taylor and at their second pick might see his ability as being too good to pass up.

If not him? The Swans have been linked to Sam Philp at this selection, the speedy midfielder from the Northern Knights, while ball-getter Harry Schoenberg is also on the radar. Ruck/forward Charlie Comben is another possibility for the Swans.

GOOD BREEDING The WA young gun with star dust in his blood


POS: Midfielder
Ht 188cm, Wt 75kg, DOB 9/11/01
From Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro

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A hard-running midfielder with extremely high athletic ability. Ralphsmith does things that others can't: for his size he's a terrific overhead mark, he bobs up and kicks goals, and he has elite endurance. He was only able to piece those traits together occasionally this season but he's only just turned 18 and clubs see him as a player with great upside. North Melbourne is one of the clubs looking at Ralphsmith and could punt on his talent with one of their three second-round picks. 

If not him? Will Gould will be a strong chance if he's still on the board, and Trent Bianco is also a slim chance to be there for the Roos. His foot skills would appeal. Harry Schoenberg is another midfielder linked to the club. 

CLASS OF 2019 Pressure to perform almost ended athletic forward's draft hopes


POS: Ruck/forward
Ht 199cm, Wt 84kg, DOB 20/7/01
From Gippsland Power/Vic Country

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Comben would be picked on a little bit of projection, given the injury issues that have kept him from being on the field at different stages over the past couple of seasons. The 18-year-old can play as a ruckman and also as a key forward, where his sticky hands make him a target around in the front half. North has been viewed as one of the clubs interested in the Gippsland prospect, with other clubs in the mix later in the second round. 

If not him? Midfielders Sam Philp and Thomson Dow are others potentially on the radar of the Roos.

CLASS OF 2019 How devastating injuries haven't stopped 'Mr Upside'

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Who is your club eyeing later in the draft?

The whispers don't stop at pick 30, so has compiled some of the options who could be available to clubs beyond the early stages.

We have listed every pick under the AFL's official draft order, and also predicted how many picks each club plans to use (some remain up in the air depending on possible trades and list spots).

Unlike the Phantom Draft top 30, where we adjusted the order based on potential Academy and father-son bids, the below picks are listed as according to the official draft order released by the AFL.  


Picks: 6, 22, 23, 37, 45, 83, 86 (likely to use five selections)

After two first-round picks last year, the Crows will continue their list rejuvenation at this week's draft with a strong hand early. After that, things will open up. The Crows are light on for ruckmen on their list, so it wouldn't shock if they opted for local Henry Crauford, with the 204cm prospect playing well at Norwood this season. Josh Shute (pictured below) is another South Australian who could be in Adelaide's mix in the middle section of the draft. The wingman, who is a handy size at 187cm, would provide valuable running power and showed this season he can find the ball himself.


Picks: 21, 29, 34, 68 (likely to use four selections)

The recruiting and list management team at the Lions have had some maneuvering to do in the past couple of weeks, trying to trade out some selections that they were not going to use. They'll head to the draft with four picks, with three of them inside the space of 15 spots. At No.34 they'll be an interesting watch. Could they look at Sam Philp, who missed out on Vic Metro selection but stormed home with a strong finish? Later, the Lions could be forced to match a bid for Keidean Coleman, their Academy over-ager who is now training with the Lions. He was overlooked last year but is expected to get a chance this time around. Fellow Academy products Noah Cumberland and Will Martyn sit further back, while the Lions have nominated Lachie Johnson, the son of three-time premiership star Chris, as a father-son rookie, meaning they can automatically list him if he gets through the national intake. 


Picks: 9, 43, 57, 67, 77 (likely to use three selections)

The Blues have shown a tendency to draft brothers, with a pair of Silvagnis and Curnows already at the club, but could a third set be on the horizon? Carlton has been linked to Thomson Dow, the younger brother of No.3 pick Paddy, with its second overall selection. His draft range appears somewhere between 30-45, and Dow would appeal to the Blues with his speed and agility. Another player with speed and agility who recently toured Carlton's headquarters was Josh Honey (pictured below), who has enormous power and athleticism but had an up-and-down year as a midfielder with the Western Jets. Sam Philp is an option and if available in the 30s could we see the Blues trade up to get him? Daniel Mott, who was a consistent midfielder for the Calder Cannons this season, could be another who is looked at deeper into the draft. Former Bulldog Lukas Webb has been training at the Blues in the hope of another senior chance.


Picks: 35, 48, 62, 70 (likely to use three or four selections)

Collingwood is looking to offload its future first-round pick so it can start this year's draft earlier than No.35, but finding a taker is proving a challenge. If a player it likes starts to slip, it is one to watch on draft night with a possible trade up. Mitch Georgiades would be the perfect result and remains a sneaky chance to be still available. Prolific West Australian midfielder Riley Garcia could be a shot with its first pick despite his knee reconstruction to add some zip around the forward line, as may Ned Cahill, while the Magpies have done some work on Kaden Schreiber, who came into draft calculations late in the season with Oakleigh. Callum Park, a lightly built forward who showed impressive signs in the senior side at Norwood, is a chance, while ruckman Henry Crauford is also a possibility. The Pies added ex-Swan Darcy Cameron to their ruck ranks in the trade period but have an interest in the 22-year-old, who is a late developer after coming from a swimming background.


Picks: 31, 33, 61, 64 (likely to use three or four selections)

The Bombers are another club keen to move up the board by packaging their first two picks together, or offering their future first-round selection to buy into this top-end (which would require them attaining a future third-round pick first). If they stay where they are, it'll be their third straight year without a first-round pick. Hugo Ralphsmith is a chance to be available in the 30s and will be considered strongly, while fellow midfielders Thomson Dow and Sam Philp are options. They need to add to their tall forward stocks and have shown interest in Emerson Jeka and also Jake Riccardi (pictured below), who was named the VFL's best young player this season. Matt Hammelmann, who was formerly on Brisbane's list but dominated for Redland this season, is another key forward they've kept tabs on this season. Mature-age West Australian small forward Ben Sokol is a chance later, ruckman Nick Bryan the same. Premiership Tiger Jacob Townsend looks likely to join the club through the pre-season supplement selection period next year.


Picks: 7, 8, 49, 58, 66, 73 (likely to use four or five selections)

All of Fremantle's work leading up to the draft was securing a move up the draft order to ensure it didn't have to match a bid on Liam Henry with one of its top-10 picks. After the Dockers' trades with Melbourne and Adelaide, it means they will likely match a bid for Henry with later picks and go into a points deficit. It also means their fourth pick (and fifth if they decide to use it) will be shifted right towards the end of the draft. At that point, it's hard to see Riley Garcia getting through to them, although the Dockers did have an interest in the midfielder, who went down with a torn ACL in the under-18 championships. Perhaps locals Ronin O'Connor, a tall midfielder, and Callum Jamieson, a ruck/forward, could come into their thinking late, while they have nominated NGA prospects Isaiah Butters and Leno Thomas. Freo did some extra testing on Jack Sarcevic, who played for the Geelong Falcons, but the Dockers' recruiting team is known to be diligent on all available prospects.


Picks: 14, 17, 24, 36 (likely to use four selections)

As one of the major players on the opening night, Geelong won't be too active after the top 30. There, the Cats only have one more selection, which they could use on Oakleigh Chargers forward Dylan Williams. Williams is a draft enigma; his best is nearly as good as anyone's, but he had a poor 2019 littered with injuries. He will come into their thinking at this spot, which is around where his draft range is likely to begin. Sam Ramsay (pictured below) is another who is in the mix here, with the speedy Calder Cannons midfielder piecing together a consistent season in the NAB League by averaging 25 disposals and being a co-winner of the best and fairest there. Jeremy SharpCharlie Comben and Mitch Georgiades are on the radar if they get outside of the top 30, while ruckman Nick Bryan is also a chance after their plans to re-rookie Ryan Abbott were changed by his signing at the Saints.


Picks: 1, 2, 15, 20, 72 (likely to use four selections)

Barring an unexpected pick swap, the Suns' draft will end with their four top selections inside the top 30. On the back of their brilliant haul last year of three top-10 picks (all of which have now re-signed), the club has a chance to go back-to-back with strong drafts and set up its future. It has already committed to drafting speedy defender/midfielder Connor Budarick and ruck prospect Matt Conroy from its northern Academy, while it will also list quick forward Malcolm Rosas from its new Academy region in Darwin. All three have been pre-listed as rookies and have been training with the Suns in recent weeks.


Picks: 4, 40, 59, 60, 74, 80 (likely to use four selections)

The Giants will be major players at the top of the draft and then face a long, long wait between picks. They are set to snare Tom Green as an Academy choice in the top 10 and also use their prized pick four, but the Green bid will shift the Giants' other selections to the back of the draft. What they find there, or target, will depend on who's left on the board. They have shown some interest in Bigoa Nyuon (pictured below), who starred at the Victorian state Combine with his pace for a tall, while they have done plenty of work on Ryan Sturgess, a medium defender who was a standout for the Northern Knights this year. The club has access to Academy player Liam Delahunty but is unlikely to take him. 


Picks: 11, 42, 50, 54, 63, 69 (likely to use three or four selections)

Where a bid comes for father-son Finn Maginness will shape the Hawks' later selections and when they take their picks. The Hawks are another club open to shifting their future first-round pick for another top-20 pick in this year's pool, so that's worth keeping an eye on as well. They have shown real interest in talented West Australian forward Elijah Taylor, who travelled to Melbourne in recent weeks to interview with  the Hawks. Taylor's grandparents, who he lives with, are considering moving to Melbourne post-draft. The Hawks have also put some time into Will Martyn, a Brisbane Academy product and hardy midfielder who could be a late option deep in the draft. They have nominated Harrison Pepper as a possible Next Generation Academy pick, and could get him automatically as a category B rookie if he goes undrafted, but it's unlikely they take fellow NGA option Todd Garner


Picks: 3, 10, 28, 81, 85 (likely to use three selections)

The Dees moved their third pick from No.97 into No.28 with some shrewd trading, meaning they now get a chance to add another highly rated talent to their pair of very early picks. It could get pushed slightly outside of the top 30 through the bidding process. They have been linked as a possible suitor for Elijah Taylor, with the West Australian a chance to be available by the Demons' choice. Thomson Dow (pictured below) is another who could be in the mix, with the Dees keen to add more zip to their midfield unit. Dow has elite agility and movement at the stoppages. Trent Rivers is a possibility to slip to Melbourne's selection, with the half-back likely to fit into the second round at some stage. They had shown some interest in quick Bendigo midfielder Brady Rowles, but that could have been for when they were set to pick later. 


Picks: 26, 27, 30, 47 (likely to use four selections)

The Roos are armed with selections in the middle stages of the draft, which could see them package a couple to progress up the board, or be targeted by a club behind them to switch down some spots. Chad Warner has attracted some interest from the Roos and is a medium midfielder with an aggressive streak from East Fremantle, while Sam Ramsay is another player potentially in North's range. A small forward could be on their radar at some stage, with Ned Cahill a possibility with their fourth pick. The lively Cam Taheny, who has speed and good goal sense for a medium type, is another who could be in the mix at this point.


Picks: 12, 16, 18, 52, 55, 65 (likely to use four selections)

Most of Port Adelaide's work is set to be done very early. They will be one of the stars of the opening night, with three first-round picks, and it appears likely that their fourth, and final, selection will be used on matching a bid for father-son Jackson Mead – if that comes within the top 30 or outside of it. The Power may only use those four picks and then tap out of the national draft. If they decide to use another one late, key back Karl Finlay (pictured below) is a possibility. Port will be keeping an eye on the rest of proceedings, though, with them committed to taking father-son Trent Burgoyne as a rookie if he gets through the national intake. Burgoyne is the son of Port premiership player Peter.


Picks: 19, 38, 39, 41, 56 (likely to use five selections)

Rivals see Richmond's pick No.19 as gettable for the right price, so it will be interesting to see if other clubs push for it on draft night. The Tigers have an interest in Hugo Ralphsmith if he's available at their second-round selections, while Flynn Perez is also likely to come into their considerations at that point if still up for grabs. Perez missed this season after tearing his ACL last year but has pace and kicks well. Cam Taheny is a possibility, with the South Australian forward likely to be available a bit later than many would have expected earlier in the season, while another half-forward in Jai Jackson has been linked to the Tigers. Could they also be interested in adding to their big man department? Ruckman Jack Bell and versatile tall Bigoa Nyuon, who is tied to St Kilda's Next Generation Academy, have generated some interest. Both shape as project players.


Picks: 51, 76, 82 (likely to use two selections)

Being the big players of the trade period means the Saints are anything but once the draft rolls around. They will start their draft later than any other club, back at No.51. St Kilda swooped on delisted Cat Ryan Abbott as a free agent last week but have also been linked to other rucks. South Australian Henry Crauford and Oakleigh tall Nick Bryan are there if the Saints want to add a fourth big man to their list. They could fill that gap with Bigoa Nyuon, a member of their NGA, as a category B rookie if he gets overlooked in the national draft. Given their picks are so deep, the Saints will be waiting to see if any players on their board slip through. Darcy Chirgwin (pictured below), a tall midfield accumulator, and Lachie Stapleton, a midfielder who won the Eastern Ranges' best and fairest in a Grand Final season, are two who could come into their thinking late, as well as small defender Jarvis Pina, who was overlooked last year. 


Picks: 5, 25, 32, 44, 71, 75 (likely to use four selections)

All eyes are on what the Swans will do with their first pick, which has the potential to shape the early stages of the draft. But Sydney will also have two later selections after the top 30, meaning there's still some work to be done. With their third pick, which will come in the 30s, the likes of Sam Philp, a hard-working midfielder, and tall forward/ruck Charlie Comben are likely to come into their consideration. Jackson Davies showed his intercept marking skills in the second half of the season and could be a shot late, as may Cooper Sharman, the draft bolter who was playing local football until mid-season. Jared Dakin, whose father Lyndon was drafted by the Swans in 1986 but never played a game, was invited to test at the state Combine but shapes more as a rookie chance.


Picks: 46, 79, 84, 87 (likely to use two selections)

Landing Tim Kelly during the trade period means the Eagles' recruiters won't have a busy draft. At pick No.46 West Coast will be hoping a player it rates inside the top 30 slips through. Ben Johnson (pictured below) could be on its radar, with the speedy West Australian defender around this stage of the draft. Johnson is a penetrating kicker with speed (he ran 2.89 seconds over 20 metres at the Draft Combine). If Dylan Williams was available to the Eagles they'd have a good look, while the power of midfielder Josh Honey and defensive qualities of versatile Darcy Cassar could also be considered. Ruckman Nick Bryan might also get a look late if the Eagles want to add to that department. West Coast would have liked to trade up if Jeremy Sharp gets into the 30s, but the Eagles don't have much to give after their Kelly deal. 


Picks: 13, 53, 78 (likely to use three selections)

If the Dogs don't go with a small forward with their first pick, Ned Cahill is a chance at their second selection. Cahill is a clever, classy player with a strong tank and impressed for Vic Country this season. Back-to-back All Australian midfielder Mitch O'Neill is another who could be considered, and he fits around this stage of the draft, while Jackson Davies' form in the second half of the season has pushed him into contention for the Dogs. Davies is a tall defender who can intercept marks and had a strong run of performances for the Northern Knights.